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Artisan Talent Overview

Chicago, IL
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Artisan is a unique digital, creative, and marketing staffing agency for skilled full-time and freelance talent. We build close relationships with both our clients and talent so that we can match them with opportunities befitting their goals, needs, and expertise. We advocate ... Read more

Mission: To inspire better lives by providing clients with the best-matched talent for their digital, creative, and marketing needs while actively helping our candidates find work that can lead to great careers.

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Artisan Talent – Why Work For Us?

Artisan is a digital, creative, and marketing staffing agency.

We have a boutique approach to both our talent and clients where we advocate for the best talent and nurture relationships with the best clients, from small agencies to major corporations.

Artisan is now a respected authority and leader in the creative staffing industry and our goal is to be the first choice for top clients and talent and to build strong, ongoing relationships with outstanding businesses and talent.

We advocate for the best talent, including graphic designers, web and mobile developers, UI / UX designers, interactive learning consultants, project managers, marketing managers, copywriters and more. We nurture relationships with the best clients, from major corporations and interactive agencies to small non-profits.

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By becoming our represented talent, you’ll be given access to freelance and full-time opportunities from interesting and high-profile companies.

We build a close relationship with you so that we can match you with opportunities befitting your undefinedgoals, needs, and expertise. We help you enhance your prospects by assigning you an individual Talent Representative who offers professional advice on polishing up your resume and can help you get training to increase your appeal. And we will help you every step of the way, before, during, and after your assignment. Our reputation depends on cultivating the best talent available, and we do what it takes to help you thrive. Come see why we are voted (indepently verified) every year in the Nation's top 2% of staffing agencies by talent just like you.

How We Work


We pride ourselves on building close relationships to help you enhance your prospects by assigning you an individual Talent Representative who can offer professional advice before, during, and after your assignment. Our reputation depends on cultivating the best talent available, so we do what it takes to help you thrive.

When you’re on the Artisan team, you join an impressive group of uniquely qualified and talented professionals. Our team maintains regularly updated listing of companies looking to hire for projects of varying scope in a diverse range of industries.

See a job that intrigues you? Start by registering with Artisan. 


Once you start working as an Artisan Talent, you can become eligible for the same benefits our employees receive. Why do we do this? Because we believe in inspiring better lives.

Benefits available include:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Healthcare Benefits
  • Personal Job Matching
  • Portfolio Review
  • Vacation and Holiday Pay
  • 401K Plan
  • Career Coaching
  • Free Online Training
  • Referral Bonuses

We understand the very real need for medical benefits, especially among freelance professionals who struggle getting insurance coverage through other means. We believe that freelance professionals like yourself offer an unparalleled service to the companies that hire you—and we want you to receive the same value from your work that you bring to it. Does the notion of having access to health, dental, vision, 401k and even paid time off sound too good to be true? Just ask your Talent Rep what you need to do to qualify for these benefits.

Charitable Work

At Artisan, we pride ourselves on being a valuable asset to the communities we serve – not just to our clients and talent, but to all of those who can use our help. That is why since 1988, we’ve contributed more than $250,000 to various charitable causes.

The Match That Gives Back

For our “Match that Gives Back” competition, we let our sharpest talent challenge each other to create great work for great causes. Art director and graphic designer David Weik was selected as the winner, along with the nonprofit "Snow City Arts," to receive a $25,000 design project.

Other organizations we’ve supportedover the years include:

  • Americares
  • ArtReach at LilleStreet
  • American Heart Association         
  • Marwin
  • Hyde Park Art Center       
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief

We were introduced to some of these charities through our own talent, clients, and friends. Please get in touch if you know of a community cause that could use a hand - we’d love to work together to make things brighter for all of us.

Artisan Talent Reviews

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    "Great place to be a recruiter!"

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    Current Employee - Talent Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Talent Representative in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at Artisan Talent full-time (More than a year)


    Great coworkers! Company truly cares about its candidates, clients and employees; team has a lot of fun and has great team outings and events; not commission based for recruiters, so more pressure on getting to know talent vs treating them like numbers


    Not commission based, so lower max earnings (yes, I know it's a pro too); a bit old fashioned with some systems and paper dependent still; smaller company so fewer set growth opportunities but opportunity to make your own path if you want to

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward with new technology and easier systems for talent and clients
    Keep focusing on hiring people who want to build relationships with talents and clients vs just fill a job and get a commission check

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Artisan Talent Interviews



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    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Artisan Talent (New York, NY) in December 2015.


    Very nice group of people. The interview was relaxed while still asking all the necessary questions. They're very upfront about the kind of people they're looking to place and ask what kinds of opportunities you're looking for as well. Looks like it'll be a good partnership.

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Artisan Talent Awards & Accolades

  • Best Professional Recruiting Firms, Forbes, 2017
  • Best of Staffing - Talent, Inavero & CareerBuilder, 2017
  • Best of Staffing - Client, Inavero & CareerBuilder, 2017
  • Best Staffing Agency, Better Team, 2016
  • Best of Staffing - Client, Inavero & CareerBuilder, 2016
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